Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) was awarded more than $1.1 million this week from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Compass program.

RCAC will use the funds to provide technical support to HUD customers to navigate complex housing and community development challenges, and to equip them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity and systems to implement HUD programs. RCAC’s work will focus on Fair Housing, and work with Tribal and Native Hawaiian community development programs.

“We look forward to expanding our efforts in Indian Country, and we appreciate the vote of confidence from HUD that this funding represents,” said Stanley Keasling, RCAC’s chief executive officer.

The Community Compass program’s goal is to empower communities through effective technical assistance and capacity building so that successful program implementation is sustained over the long term. Recognizing that HUD’s customers often interact with a variety of HUD programs as they deliver housing or community development services, Community Compass brings together technical assistance investments from across HUD program offices, including but not limited to the Office of Community Planning and Development, the Office of Housing, and the Office of Public and Indian Housing.

Founded in 1978, RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. RCAC serves rural communities in 13 western states and western Pacific islands. Services are available to communities with populations of fewer than 50,000, other nonprofit groups, tribal organizations, farmworkers, colonias and other specific populations. RCAC provides loans, including small business loans, technical and economic development assistance to rural communities and nonprofit organizations in its service region. To find out more about RCAC’s Loan Fund products, visit http://www.rcac.org/programs-services/

Contact:

Michael Carroll, director
RCAC Lending & Housing
916/447-9832 ext. 1003
mcarroll@rcac.org